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The value of lucerne trees is that they keep your animals in good condition.
As the dry, hot summer burn the veld and grasses, and as grazing becomes more limited, our camped lucerne trees are a blessing and relief.
Our Angus cattle spend the first few days eating the grasses and then move on to browse the lucerne trees. Lucerne trees provide nitrogen-fixing in the soils which enhance the grasses growth, as well as providing shade and wind protection to keep soil moisture up after rains or irrigation. While normal lucerne fields are our “food bank” where we cut, bale and store lucerne, the lucerne trees are an indispensable part of our grazing rotations. It is never too late to start planting lucerne trees!
- Prune your trees to promote
bushy, dense foliage. Side branches and more leaves will grow on off the main branches and stem.
- Branches will become thicker and will not break easily if your animals graze directly off the trees.
- Prune your trees to maintain optimal grazing height = 1m to 1.5m tall trees with loads of nutrient-dense leaves.
- Animals will not be able to eat every leaf off a pruned tree. Densely leafed trees will always have central leaves as their “solar panels” to provide food for the tree even after they have been grazed. This will prevent grazed trees going into ‘shock’ and they will recover quicker.
- Prune your young trees, even while in their potting bags to promote side buds. Simply nip off the top growing tips of your 30cm sapling. You do not want to grow a thin, tall, spindly tree. You want to encourage bushy growth from the start.
- Prune with sharp, clean shearers. Cut your branches off with clean, slightly angled slice.
- Of course you must use your clippings! Feed to your animals chipped, or on whole branches or simply slide your fingers down tougher branches, removing the leaves into feed troughs. These clippings will also make excellent compost or mulch as they are packed with nitrogen!
Spring has sprung! Order your seeds and trees now!
These weaned Angus bull calves have been in a hectare of lucerne trees feeding and growing strong. Our short, bushy, pruned lucerne trees provide excellent food!
These Angus bulls have been rounded off and are in excellent condition feeding off our lucerne trees.
Recently Myles sold several young Angus bulls at a livestock auction and his bulls fetched excellent prices.
Proof that lucerne trees provide nutritious food year-round!
Order your seeds and trees today!
Chickens love eating fresh lucerne tree leaves! With 14% protein levels, lucerne tree cuttings provide outstanding food for ‘free’!
I simply prune a few branches off the trees that form an effective wind break around my chicken yard, and the chickens devour every. single. leaf! (You’ll notice the bare branches from the previous day.)
A simple daily routine with wonderful results – healthy chickens, bright orange-yellow egg yolks and easy homesteading!
Grazing Directly Off Lucerne Trees
We have pruned our lucerne trees, chipping the cut branches and establishing good, sturdy, bush-like trees. After more than 2 years, the grasses growing between the rows of trees are really prolific. The trees’ nitrogen-fixing roots fertilize the soils and promote good grass growth.
This is great grazing year-round!